This week on Neven's Italian Food Trails, our Cavan chef visits Modena for a masterclass in risotto and racing.

Neven is driven around a race track by Ferrari driver Pietro Gandolfi before changing gears in Modena where he tries Gnocco Fritto, a street food favourite and meets Michelin star chef Luca Marchini for a masterclass in risotto with parmesan.

Neven with Michelin Star chef Luca Marchini

Modena is a beautiful party of Italy filled with street food, a Church with it's own leaning tower (take that Pisa), Ferraris and Maseratis factories and a covered market where Neven tastes six-year-old parmesan cheese and 25-year-old balsamic vinegar.

Neven with Ferrari driver Pietro Gandolfi

Balsamic vinegar is only produced in a tightly defined area around Modena and Neven visits producer Antica Acetaia Dodi to see how it’s made.

Neven with Alessandra Fantuzzi

Of course, Neven shows off his own cooking skills throughout the six-part series by creating a classic Ragu, a Peach and Amaretti CakeChicken wrapped in Parma Ham, and Chocolate and Hazelnut Semifreddo.

Watch Neven’s Italian Food Trails on RTÉ One tonight, Thursday October 12, at 7:00pm.